12/08/2014 05:54 EDT | Actualisé 12/10/2014 05:12 EDT

Panama Canal

Panama's economy is expected to grow by as much as seven percent this year, thanks in large part to revenue from its signature inter-oceanic canal. In the centenary year of its construction on August 15 a massive project is in process to widen the waterway, though it is running behind schedule and mired in controversy. VIDEOGRAPHIC